Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Shroud



Shroud

The river runs red
Scarlet like a cord
Through a curtain
A garment of our Lord
Crimson and Purple
And Gold and dread
From thorn and head
Blood poured out—Royalty
In color and in crown
Until split in two—dead
And fallen to the ground


© January 30, 2015, Robbie Pruitt


Cross in Crown of Thorns, photo by Doug1021, from Flickr, Creative Commons

Monday, April 27, 2015

Broken Flowers



Broken Flowers

The little boy
Pleading
For us to buy
His flowers

Broken
Flowers

Stampeding
Down the mountainside

The little boy
Whimpering
Pleading
For us to buy

Flowers
Broken

The world is full
Of whimpers
Of pleading
Of broken flowers

They wrestle
Over the money
Pull him away
To the ground

Broken
Flower

Lays still
On the Ground
Broken
The world is full

Of flowers
Broken


© April 12, 2015, Robbie Pruitt


Albania-02465, photo by Beauty in Albania, from Flickr, Creative Commons

Sunday, April 26, 2015

White Man Tries to Tame the Dame



White Man Tries to Tame the Dame

White man wanted to make a lady out of Jazz,
But her promiscuity and free spirited rhythm
Would keep her out late at night with her own pizazz—
Not to be tamed, this dame, she’s a flapper it’s what she has.


© October 4, 2014, Robbie Pruitt


Paul Whiteman for Victrola, photo by Don O'Brien, from Flickr, Creative Commons

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Atmosphere of Jazz



The Atmosphere of Jazz

Mr. Paul Arpee is soothed by Jazz
He rests in the ambiance any chance he has
When stress arises the song gives way
Leaving him relaxed to face another day.


© October 4, 2014, Robbie Pruitt


Big Band Jazz Night, photo by Ed Schipul, from Flickr, Creative Commons

Friday, April 24, 2015

Jungle Music


Jungle Music

Play that ‘Jungle Music’
Play and play—improvise
That Jazz surprise
Try it on for size.


© October 4, 2014, Robbie Pruitt


Diego Urcola's Trumpet 19° International Jazz Festival of Punta del Est, 
photo by Jimmy Baikovicius, from Flickr, Creative Commons

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Satchmo



Satchmo

Satchmo would hold the note
And would never let it go.
Go on Pops! Let it all out!
Play that tune while we dance and shout!


© October 4, 2014, Robbie Pruitt


Louis Armstrong arte 03, photo by Luiz Fernando Reis, 
from Flickr, Creative Commons